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Poll: Did Celtics make right choice by taking Jaylen Brown 3rd in draft? 06.24.16 at 12:58 am ET
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The NBA draft is over and Celtics fans seem decidedly mixed on the selection of Cal forward Jaylen Brown. But don’t take our word for it. We want to hear from you. Did Danny Ainge make the right move?

Did the Celtics make the right choice keeping the third pick and selecting Jaylen Brown?

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Celtics select French big man Guerschon Yabusele with 16th pick 06.23.16 at 9:27 pm ET
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Guerschon Yabusele greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 16th by the Celtics. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Guerschon Yabusele greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 16th by the Celtics. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

After taking Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Celtics used the 16th pick on Guerschon Yabusele, a relatively unknown 20-year old prospect from France. Yabusele is a 6-foot-8 forward who last played for Rouen Métropole Basket in the French A division. With his outside shooting ability and athleticism, Yabusele projects to be a small-ball four. 

In most mock drafts, Yabusele was not projected to be selected until the second round. The Celtics already have a relatively full roster, and according to Yahoo Sports, the team will likely stash Yabusele in France as he continues to develop. Rouen was relegated to the French B division, so there is a chance that Yabusele will use this as an opportunity to make the jump to the NBA. The Celtics still have the 23rd pick in the first round, as well as five second-round picks.

Yabusele, 20, averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last year. He’s considered a more advanced offensive player than defender, with NBA 3-point range and the ability to finish at the rim.

“Nobody was expecting,” Yabusele said when asked if he thought he’d be picked so high. “I see them coming close to me, see my name. So I was really surprised to be in here, but I was so happy.”

As for remaining in Europe for a year or two, Yabusele sounded open to the possibility.

“It’s not a problem for me,” he said. “Even if I got to go one year, two years in Europe, in another country and play, I’ll go. I just want to play in the NBA and try to be better, so it’s great.”

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Report: Celtics talking deal with Bucks for Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe 06.23.16 at 5:05 pm ET
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Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton

According to a report from Racine (Wisconsin) Journal-Times columnist Gery Woelfel, the Celtics and Bucks are discussing a deal that would send the Nos. 16 and 23 picks, plus a player, to Milwaukee in return for shooting guard Khris Middleton and big man Greg Monroe.

The deal frankly makes zero sense from a Bucks perspective, since Middleton, 24, is a 6-foot-8 swingman who averaged a career-high 18.2 points a game last year and is also a lifetime .400 3-point shooter. Middleton alone is worth at least the No. 3 pick in the draft from a Bucks perspective.

Monroe, meanwhile, is entering the second year of a three-year, $50 million max deal. The 6-foot-11 center isn’t really a fit for the Celtics roster, because he’s a pure post player who averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last year.

But it’s silly season as far as rumors go, so throw this one on the pile.

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Report: 76ers ‘ramping up’ efforts to acquire No. 3 pick from Celtics 06.23.16 at 12:04 pm ET
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It wouldn’t be draft day without a few rumors.

According to ESPN, the 76ers are ramping up their efforts to acquire the No. 3 pick from the Celtics in Thursday’s draft. It would seem likely the 76ers would want to select Providence guard Kris Dunn, but could also take Buddy Hield or Jamal Murray.

The report also adds the player the 76ers are shopping most is forward Nerlens Noel and it’s “more and more likely” he gets traded. Noel is originally from Malden, Massachusetts and played two years at Everett High School before transferring to the Tilton School.

He was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft.


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Adrian Wojnarowski: ‘More likely scenario’ is Celtics make pick at No. 3 rather than trade 06.22.16 at 4:28 pm ET
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Dragan Bender

Dragan Bender

There has been a lot of debate over the last few weeks of what the Celtics will do with the No. 3 overall pick. Will they select a player, or will they trade it away?

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it seems like as of now, the more likely scenario is they will make the pick, a point WEEI’s Mike Petraglia made on Tuesday, 48 hours before the draft. 

“More likely scenario is Boston will pick off their board there and then it’s a grouping of Dragon Bender, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown,” he said via CSNNE. “There is a group there at No. 3 where internally with a lot of organizations there is debate about people rate those guys very differently and I know Boston has a lot of internal debate there about who they view as the best prospect there.”

But, that doesn’t mean the Celtics won’t be working the phones right up until the pick as they will have to weigh all their options.

“I think Boston is going to continue to try and find a trade, for an established veteran — whether it is an All-Star or a really talented difference maker who can come in and help them get to the next level in the Eastern Conference,” Wojnarowski said. “I think they are going to pursue all those avenues all the way up until it’s time for them to make their pick at No. 3 and then make a decision based on what is available trade-wise versus how strongly they feel about picking a player at No.3. I think with Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4, they are chasing a lot of the same players offering different assets. I think this goes right down to the wire and Danny Ainge has to make a decision of what way he is going to go.”

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Report: C’s stymied in attempt to deal No. 3 overall pick for established vet 06.22.16 at 9:37 am ET
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The Celtics’ attempts to deal the No. 3 overall pick as part of a trade that would include bringing an established veteran to Boston has apparently been rebuffed, according to ESPN.

Per Marc Stein, the C’s have been offering the third pick in the draft to a variety of teams, with the Bulls (Jimmy Butler), Jazz (Gordon Hayward) and Bucks (Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton) being he four primary targets. But to this point in the process, no one has expressed an interest in making that deal with Boston.

According to the same story, the Sixers have been working on the C’s to agree to a deal that would see Boston give up the No. 3 pick in a trade that would have Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel come to the Celtics. For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.

Report: Celtics can’t move 3rd pick because ‘Boston doesn’t have anyone on roster that other GMs really want’ 06.21.16 at 11:51 am ET
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The Celtics continue to struggle to find a willing trade partner to take the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft, and the culprit is the lack of talent on their roster to sweeten a deal.

According to ESPN’s Ryen Russillo, the Celtics are striking out in their efforts to move the pick.

Russillo goes on to note that while some teams might like defensive stopper Avery Bradley, there’s little interest in Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, the 16th pick, etc.

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